Brooklyn, NY (March 5, 2013) - Factory 25 announced today that it has acquired I am Secretly An Important Man by Peter Sillen (director of Speed Racer: Welcome to the World of Vic Chesnutt, and co-director of Benjamin Smoke with Jem Cohen). I Am Secretly an Important Man is a portrait of writer and poet Steven J. Bernstein (aka Jesse Bernstein), one of Seattle’s most celebrated and troubled voices. His angry, surprisingly fresh and lyrical writings are about sensitive souls, drifters and drug addicts; the people alienated by a society that refuses to understand them. Bernstein peels back the ugliness and the darkness of life on the fringe to expose tender and not so tender human feeling. His unique rhythms, filled with humor and pain, were especially exciting when read in his own gravely voice. Bernstein was an integral part of the legendary Seattle rock scene of the late 80′s and early 90s, and in 1991 was dubbed the “Godfather of Grunge” by the British magazine The Independent. The film was released previously in theaters and played a week at the IFC Center in New York City. Factory 25 will be releasing the film digitally today May 5th via cable VOD, iTunes, Amazon VUDU, X-Box, Sony Playstation and other digital outlets in North America with a limited edition LP of unreleased Jesse Bernstein songs as part of a LP/DVD/Poster collection set for release in September. A widespread international digital/VOD release is also slated for September.
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“Bernstein has been there and brought it back. Bernstein is a writer”
-William S. Burroughs
“Mesmerizing.” -Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine, CRITICS PICK
“Engagingly voyeuristic. Consistently entertaining.” -Mike Hale, The New York Times
I AM SECRETLY AN IMPORTANT MAN was directed by Peter Sillen; Featuring Jesse Bernstein; Produced by Alex R. Johnson and Peter Sillen; Executive produced by Lars Knudsen and Jan Van Hoy; Photographed by Peter Sillen and Ron Egozi; Edited by Dave Rivello
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